Time period: 1965 Location: Marengo County, Alabama Dramatis personae: Lower class white share-cropper
THE BLACK BELT (f.d. leone) The Black Belt is known for the richest dirt But it's drenched in a history of hurt Cotton is king and defines life round here Row after row under the gun of an overseer The Black Belt runs across this whole state The Alabama River carries tons of freight Down to Mobile and the markets cross the seas The Black Belt reaches 360 degrees The Black Belt got its name from the color of the soil But also by the color of the skin of those who toil Lincoln freed the slaves in 1863 But a hundred years later looks 'bout the same to me I'm white and poor as they come I ain't got nothin' but I ain't dumb I know that just by being white I've have more Than what a better black man can ever hope for The Black Belt got its name from the color of the soil But also by the color of the skin of those who toil Lincoln freed the slaves in1863 But a hundred years later looks about the same to me A hundred years later looks about the same to me
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